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Reader’s Forum — 5-23-14

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  An open letter to Lincoln County   In the newly proposed County budget: Teachers would get no increase in county-funded supplements, which is a projected $213,000 shortfall, a half a percent salary increase. Lincoln County Schools’ average supplement is $2,928, compared with the state average of $3,553 — a…

Editor’s Note — Leave the web alone

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The beauty of the Internet is its freedom. That’s what makes it work, that’s why most of us love it. That freedom has two sides to it — the Internet is a beautiful place of knowledge and exchange of thoughts and ideas, but it is also a very dark place…

Reader’s Forum — 5-21-14

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  Sen. Curtis the one who should be embarrassed I’m sure by now most people are aware of Sen. David Curtis’s reply to the lady who felt embarrassed to say she was a teacher.  What anyone has failed mention, however, is that Sen. Curtis should have been the one who…

Editor’s Note — Curtis on the hot seat for what?

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor It’s hard to believe that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg schoolteacher’s email to state legislators titled “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher.” didn’t elicit more responses like the one she got from Sen. David Curtis. It may have, but Curtis’s is the only one that has…

Sneezing and wheezing pollen worse than ever

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist Oh! The flowers, the cards, the candy, the gift baskets and all the “I love you’s” that were passed around last Sunday. No way could Mother’s Day have been missed and I was on the receiving end of all of this. It was a good day…

Reader’s Forum 5-16-14

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  Legislature should stand for teachers, not against   Sen. David Curtis has done a great disservice to the teachers of this state by telling a Charlotte science teacher, Sarah Wiles, who complained of having gone many years without a pay increase, that if she didn’t like the way the…

Reader’s Forum — 5-12-14

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Thanks to firefighters I want to express my sincere appreciation for the exemplary service that Lincolnton and volunteer fire departments and, most importantly, all of Lincolnton and Lincoln County firefighters do for our community and its residents. I would like to specifically identify Units E1, E2, and L-1 for their…

Reader’s Forum

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  Multiple UDOs not necessary   The UDO (Unified Development Ordinance), the County’s zoning guide, was discussed quite a bit during the recent primary. The discussions were interesting and the new candidates had new ideas to bring to the table. But, I believe the suggestion made by a couple of…

Our View — Open discussions, better government

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We like open government. We like it even more when elected officials do their part to ensure the public has the broadest possible access and input into the discussions that lead to votes that directly impact citizens. That’s what happened at the Lincolnton City Council meeting on May 1 when…

A time to remember who loved us most

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest Columnist It’s not a dune buggy, it’s not a golf cart. It’s a shuttle bus that moves patients and visitors from medical buildings and parking lots at our local hospital. I agreed with the many comments I heard about the beautiful landscaping at the hospital. I also…